Therapists at Vital Living WellSpa

Lana

Lana

  Registered Nurse (RN)
  Energy Therapist - Reiki Master Teacher (RMT);  Healing Touch (Levels I & II); Heart-Centered Therapy (HCT); Prana Healing (Level I)
  Licensed Massage Therapist
  Board Certified Massage Therapist (MBLEx)
  Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  Participant in the VL Mentorship Program for Advanced Techniques
  PLA #: 28133278A
  National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: MT22107377
  Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), CranioSacral Therapy (CST), Comprehensive Energy Healing Therapy (CEHT); Sports Injury & Remedial Massage, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Hot Stone Massage,  Swedish Relaxation & Wellness Massage, Special Populations, including Prenatal Massage, Couples Massage, Chair Massage

 


“Kindness, compassion, honesty, and courage are the four pillars to healing ourselves.  We all need a gentle space held with compassion and acceptance to encourage our deepest healing.”  - Lana


With 20+ years as a Registered Nurse, Lana uses her multi-faceted experience and education synergistically to support her life’s calling:  to deliver compassionate care with a heart-centered approach encompassing body, mind, and spirit. Since 1994, Lana has pursued various energy therapeutics and has been a practicing Reiki Master (RMT), and a Practitioner of Healing Touch, Prana Healing, Aromatherapy, Upledger/Chikly Heart Centered Therapy (HCT), and has trained with John Barnes in Myofascial Release (MFR) and CranioSacral Therapy (CST), as well as Graston: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).  In early 2021, she completed her Massage Therapy program with the Massage Therapy Institute of Fort Wayne. 

Lana pursued her education in Massage Therapy because she has always been drawn to helping others and fostering an environment where true healing can take place. Lana’s vast range of training and modalities make her an ideal therapist capable of assessing the human body utilizing a fusion of both medical knowledge and energetic expertise. The result is a treatment plan tailored exclusively to the needs of her clients that encompasses not only physical healing but transcends muscle and fascia into deeper levels of transformation, both emotionally and spiritually. Experience with Lana the Joy and Healing that can be yours.

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives." - Kristen Neff


Inspired by her love of learning and helping others, Lana is interested in expanding her knowledge of Barnes' Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Reflexology, Cupping Therapy, & Manual Lymph Drainage.

Belle

Belle

  Current Signature Specials
  Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  Board Certified Massage Therapist (MBLEx)
  Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  Participant in the VL Mentorship Program for Advanced Techniques
  PLA #: MT22107319
  National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: Coming soon!
  Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Basic Medical Massage, Swedish Relaxation & Wellness Massage, Sports & Remedial Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Special Populations, including Prenatal Massage, Couples Massage, Chair Massage


“Listen to understand not to respond.”  - Stephen Covey


Belle pursued her education in Massage Therapy because she has always believed in a more holistic view of health and the importance of complementary therapies. Giving and receiving massages has taught her how powerful and soothing touch can be to our physical, mental, and social needs.

"I love how personalized Massage Therapy sessions can be! I enjoy working one on one with clients and learning more about them and their individual needs. It is incredibly rewarding when I can help my clients work towards their goals!" - Belle

Belle enjoys combining both Eastern and Western modalities to restore balance throughout the body, and loves full-body massages that leave her clients deeply relaxed from head to toe.  One of her favorite compliments is when a stressed client comes in and ends up snoozing before the session is over.

Belle has a special interest in massage for special populations, including those with visual and mobility impairment (working with walkers, canes, and wheelchairs); clients with colostomy bags; clients with internal medical hardware (knee & hip replacement), those with scoliosis, lordosis, & other common postural deviations; as well as nervous system disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis.


Fitz & Pippen

Belle graduated from the Ivy Tech Therapeutic Massage program in 2020 and is a member of the  American Massage Therapy Association.  

Inspired by her love of learning and helping others, she is interested in growing to expand her knowledge in the future within the following modalities:  Barnes' Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Manual Lymph Drainage, Cupping Therapy & Aromatherapy.

In her spare time, Belle enjoys reading, perusing antique stores, spending time with family, and playing with her four-legged furbabies, Fitz & Pippen. 

Kori-elle

Kori-elle

  •   Lead Esthetician & Spa Experience Coordinator
  •   Licensed Esthetician (LE) & Member of ASCP since January 2021
  •   Licensing # ES22000514
  •   Certification in Skin Script Corrective Skin Care Product Line
  •   Customized Therapeutic & Corrective Skin Care:  including (NEW!) Body Select Facials, Men's Face & Beard Treatments, & Prenatal Belly Facials
  •   Customized Spa Treatments & Services:  including Hot Stone Massage, Luminosity Body Polish, Relaxation & Wellness Massage, and Spa Day Experience Packages

"Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on Earth to offer others.” ~ Parker Palmer


Kori-elle entered the field of skin care and esthetics with a passion for helping others to see the natural beauty within themselves. She is devoted to providing each client with personalized services and care. She also places a focus on helping each person to learn how to care for their skin at home and providing empowerment. A natural caregiver, Kori-elle is driven to help others experience self-care as a crucial part of a happy, healthy life.

Leaving the corporate world behind, Kori-elle chose to follow her dream of helping others find peace and confidence within themselves. Having graduated from Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture, Kori-elle specializes in personalized facial treatments, microcurrent, machine facials, acne treatments, and rejuvenation services. She is currently certified in the Skin Script product line, Milady Infection Control, and Barbacide sanitation practices. Continued education and further certifications are an important part of her career. Her future plans include obtaining certification in light therapy, Dermaplaning, HydraFacials, micro-needling, and sugar waxing.

Megan

Megan

  Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  Certified in Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping
  Certified in Myofascial Release
  Level 1 Trager Student
  Member of the Associated Bodyworkers & Massage Professionals (ABMP)  
  Student member of the United States Trager Association
  PLA #: MT21906903
  National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1366086225
  Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral, Swedish Relaxation and Wellness Massage, Prenatal Massage, Couples Massage, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Kinesiology Taping for Pain and Movement, Chair Massage


“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin


Megan believes that massage is a partnership between therapist and client, and encourages communication, compassion, and common sense in her sessions. Sense of humor at no extra charge.

After living in Chicago for many years Megan moved to the Fort Wayne area to be closer to family. She discovered massage as part of her own complicated medical journey.   Now diagnosed with hyperesthesia, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility-- massage and Myofascial Release (MFR) is a major component of her healthcare plan.  Megan draws on her own experiences to help provide individualized therapeutic massage. 

The opportunity to help someone feel more comfortable in their own body is highly rewarding. For this reason, Megan has a special interest in massage for those with chronic pain, sensory issues, body issues and those who are really specific about what they want or need. Megan also enjoys taking care of expecting mothers with prenatal massage. 

Megan graduated from the Ivy Tech Therapeutic Massage program in 2019. Inspired by her love of learning and helping others, she also holds Certifications in both John Barnes Myofascial Release and both Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping Fascial Movement Taping through movement company RockTape.

Before entering the world of bodywork, Megan worked in marketing, libraries, and information management with a BA in English from Valparasio University and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She enjoys spending time with her family and pet bunnies.

Chelsey

Chelsey

  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Certification in Cupping Therapy
  •   Certified Crystal Healing Therapist (CCH)
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT21806433
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1093364960
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Couples Massage, Swedish Relaxation/Wellness Massage, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves," - Buddha


Chelsey, an Ivy Tech graduate, holds an AAS in Therapeutic Massage, a Certification in Cupping Therapy and is a Certified Crystal Healer through an accredited program through the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Chelsey's love is to use the fusion of both Eastern and Western techniques to treat those experiencing pain & dysfunction with a holistic, well-rounded approach.

Trained in a variety of healing modalities, Chelsey is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues.  Chelsey helps her clients reach and even exceed their goals due to her background in co-treating clients with other skilled healthcare practitioners.  Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients. Some of her continuing education has been in Cupping Therapy and Crystal Healing, and soon to be (as of May 2019) Barnes' Myofascial Release & CranioSacral Therapy! Besides those mentioned, Chelsey's therapeutic specialties include Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Prenatal, Reflexology, Hot Stone & Deep Relaxation Massage.

Chelsey is a member of the Americal Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Amy Jo

Amy Jo

  •  Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas (LMT)
  •   PLA#: MT21505658
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy for Pain Relief, Myofascial Release (Structural Integration and Barnes MFR), Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Sports Massage, Acupressure, Meridian Therapy and Reflexology

"It is necessary that one learn to release tension in order to improve the circulation of Ki (life energy) and obtain a balance in basic bodily processes. Balance in our physical body is contingent on a balance between the mind and the body. Suppleness of the body indicates a flexible posture physically and mentally." - Shizuto Masunaga


Amy Jo joined Vital Living in August, 2016. She lived in Austin, Texas for 12 years prior to moving back to Fort Wayne and in Bermuda and Hawaii before that. She joined the Navy at 18 and between Virginia Beach and Atlanta she served for 7 years.

Her interest in Massage Therapy began at The Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 2008 where she learned Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. She has since expanded her Myofascial Release (MFR) training with John F. Barnes, the renowned expert of MFR.  Amy Jo graduated from A New Beginning School of Massage in 2012 in Austin, Texas.  It was there that she discovered another love – Shiatsu (Japanese Bodywork) and Thai Massage (Thailand Bodywork) which together incorporate a traditional combination of acupressure, energy meridian work and yoga-like stretching for an invigorating albeit relaxing and balancing experience. (Thai-Shiatsu is done on a mat on the floor with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing.)  Her Myofascial Release (MFR), Thai-Shiatsu Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy work wonders in helping relieve symptoms of neuropathy, PTSD, migraines, hip dysfunction, low back pain, etc… and are ideal for those wanting to relieve pain and reconnect their body and mind.

Amy Jo loves using her treatment skills with tri-athletes, runners, walkers, cyclists, and fitness enthusiasts. She finds her skill set especially beneficial for dancers, yogis and musicians, as well as, people in general who are looking for the medical benefits of Therapeutic Massage. 

Amy Jo has been entranced with dance from a young age and has had a special love affair with belly dancing for the past 17 years. She was the President of the Austin Bellydance Association for 3 years.  An event that is dear to her heart is the Camparet Bellydance Camp in Texas which she returns to yearly to work with 50 belly dancers.  Amy Jo also enjoys yoga, photography, bonsai, gardening and cooking. We can tell you she’s also an excellent writer.

Cindy

Cindy

  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy
  •   Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  •   PLA#: MT20902380
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1770952053
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Therapeutic Massage, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy, Cupping Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Couples Massage, Swedish Relaxation/Wellness Massage, Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy, Aromatherapy and Chair Massage

Cindy’s greatest passion in life is helping other people and massage therapy has been a naturally unfolding part of her life, starting as a child. Cindy graduated from Ivy Tech with her AAS degree in Therapeutic Massage in 2007 and prior to that received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a Specialty in Business Management in 1995. Cindy completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program and has her Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy.

Cindy loves the holistic approach to health that massage therapy and bodywork provide. Utilizing many different massage modalities, the majority of her experience has been in the field of health & fitness. Her practice has included adolescents to geriatrics and has spanned prenatal massage to sports massage on giants… well, not really but the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are pretty tall!

Cindy’s quality of touch melts stress and anxiety. Her quality of touch, her evaluation and assessment skills combined with her “internal radar” and medical massage are some of her greatest strengths. She excels at detailed muscle work and getting to the core of the problem. What we hear most from her clients is, “No one has ever done that before! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the difference!” Clients love her work and often schedule all of their appointments three to six months out. Cindy still has openings though so don’t hesitate to call.

Cindy is very dedicated to her family (her husband and three daughters) as well as helping others. Cindy says, “God has given me the skills and talents I have so that I may use them to help others – I need to use these gifts well.”

Lauren

Lauren

  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI)
  •   BS in Exercise Physiology and Psychology
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   PLA#: MT21304814
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #:1083081400
  •   Customized Therapy: Full Body Therapeutic Massage and Relaxation, Myofascial Massage, Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy, Couples Massage 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.


It’s a fact that touch is a basic human need and the profound effect that touch can have is evident in Lauren’s work. Caring touch by its nature is relaxing, nurturing and healing. Lauren believes that Therapeutic Massage balances and rejuvenates from the inside out….as well as from the outside in!

Lauren has been working with Vital Living WellSpa since December 2011. She graduated from Ivy Tech with her AAS in Therapeutic Massage in 2012 and that was her third degree. She has a BS in Exercise Physiology and a BS in Psychology from Ball State University. In addition, Lauren is a Certified Yoga Instructor, practicing yoga since 1998 and in the Fort Wayne area since 2010.

Beautiful Yoga Pigeon Pose

Her yoga teaching style focuses on body mechanics, ease of movement and a relaxed sense of awareness – being more in touch with your body. She synthesizes her experience in yoga, exercise physiology and assessment skills in massage therapy to identify participants’ tight and restricted areas and through yoga assists them in correcting those postures. However, many times the soft tissue restrictions are such that bodywork (massage) is needed, after which yoga helps the individual maintain their alignment and flexibility. At Vital Living, Lauren puts the puzzle pieces together and uses Therapeutic Massage and Myofascial Massage to relieve pain and improve function. She does all of that and makes her client feel wonderful at the same time!

Through her love and knowledge of yoga, fitness and wellness, Lauren’s practice of massage endeavors to assist each client in finding that unique balance of body and spirit. She recommends appropriate self-care treatments and stretches along with stress relieving exercises that are mentally and emotionally calming to reduce inflammatory stress hormones that contribute to pain. The result is improved physical as well as relational aspects of life.

“I look forward to making a positive difference in your life today! Namaste.” – Lauren

Stephanie

Stephanie

  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB)
  •   Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy
  •   Certified in Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Fascial Movement Taping
  •   Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (CPT)
  •   Reiki Master Teacher
  •   PLA#: MT21204286
  •   National Provider Identifier (NPI) #: 1851775209
  •   Customized Therapeutics: Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic & Medical Massage, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Cupping Therapy, Myofascial Release (MFR), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Prenatal Medical Massage, Post-Op Rehabilitation, Fascial Movement Taping for Pain and Posture, and Reiki
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  • PLEASE NOTE: At this time, Stephanie is not taking any new clients. She is currently mentoring other therapists in Advanced Therapeutic Techniques to help assist as many clients as possible. If you require:  evening appointments; weekends; need flexibility; or regular availability for Medical or Therapeutic Massage please click here to schedule with Belle.

Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi.


That’s what Stephanie aspires to… to be aware of how her thoughts, emotions, and actions influence herself and the world around her; to strive every day to make a difference in the lives of others. Her enthusiasm is contagious and you’ll find her to be a wealth of information.

Stephanie’s Family

Stephanie graduated from Ivy Tech with an AAS in Therapeutic Massage and is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She also completed an intensive year-long Medical Massage program and has her Advanced Certification in Medical Massage Therapy.  Stephanie’s love is to use her talents in treating clients who are having pain or dysfunction rather than doing relaxation massage.

Trained in many healing modalities, Stephanie is able to work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues. Her background as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, certified through the National Federation for Professional Trainers (NFPT), has been a valuable asset in treating her massage clients and also in working with fitness and healthcare professionals of Northeast Indiana. Her skills and knowledge of muscle imbalances and biomechanical assessment enable her to more effectively assess, treat and educate her clients. Some of her continuing education has been in Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release for treatment of head and neck, Cupping Therapy and Fascial Movement Taping for Pain and Posture. Besides those mentioned, Stephanie’s therapeutic specialties include Integrated Deep Tissue for Pain Management, Orthopedic and Medical Massage Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy.

Gayle

Gayle

  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   PLA#: MT20900146
  •   Member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  •   Therapeutic Massage: Geriatric Massage, Oncology and Hospice Massage, Wellness & Deep Relaxation Massage, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Couples Massage

“I’ve experienced the transformative benefits of massage physically, emotionally and mentally with my clients of all ages and believe massage is an essential component in any quality health program as well as end of life care. It doesn’t hurt that it happens to be all natural and feels wonderful!” - Gayle Zuber


Gayle has been in practice at Vital Living since graduating from Center for Vital Living in 2001. Her welcoming smile, reassuring manner and nurturing touch create an immediate rapport with her clients. That and her expertise in Oncology and Hospice Massage make her a perfect match for individuals of all ages who have cancer or any other debilitating disease who need physical or emotional support or pain management. Stressed family members also find massage extremely beneficial.

Gayle was our community Hospice Massage Therapist for 8 years and retired from that in May, 2019.  She is available part-time through the week and on Saturdays by calling Vital Living WellSpa rather than booking online. She creates a healing sanctuary that invites you to let go and relax deeply.

Karen

Karen

  •   RN, Nurse Massage Therapist (NMT)
  •   Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  •   PLA#: MT20900081
  •   Member of the American Massage Council
  •   Customized Therapy: Integrated Deep Tissue Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Relaxation Massage, Aromatherapy, Raindrop Therapy and Energy Work

“My passion for massage began with receiving my mother’s head & neck massages many years ago. The message was clear: there are alternative ways of dealing with pain and symptoms. Nursing has benefited my massage journey; massage has certainly enhanced my nursing practice. Therapeutic Massage covers many forms of massage. My approach is very eclectic and energy work is so ingrained in my massage therapy that the two have become one. That’s what makes the biggest difference in healing.” - Karen Gorrell


Karen’s Green Thumb - Jasmine Plant

Karen has been an RN for over 30 years in intensive care and home health nursing. The past 14 years have been with Community Home Health Care in Nursing Case Management. Karen states, “I really expected nursing to change my massage but what has surprised me is that exactly the opposite has happened. Massage Therapy has affected my nursing much more. I notice so much more about my patients now. My nursing assessments are definitely more well-rounded.”

Karen’s mom was also an RN and in fact took the Integrative Massage class at Vital Living with Karen because they thought it would be a fun thing for them to do together. Her mom was 86 at the time and holds the distinction of being our oldest student! Karen definitely has her mom’s liveliness and sense of humor. Karen graduated from Center for Vital Living; dba Vibrant Life Resources in 2000. Her love of people is apparent in the work she does and that quality comes through in her reassuring, nurturing quality of touch. Everyone and everything around her seems to bloom! Her patients and clients love her and her flowers and garden are gorgeous.

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